Super excited to see The New Voices Award competition go live. Amazon Publishing has partnered with OWN IT! to bring this competition into being with a goal of addressing issues around inclusion and representation in commercial fiction.
There is still time for folks to get their works into the competiton by going here and submitting.
I am excited that my US colleagues have signed a new deal with Dean Koontz for five more books. We’ve really enjoyed bringing his work to even more readers globally, and it seems that he’s pleased too:
Koontz said: “Working with the wonderful team at Thomas & Mercer has energised me and freed my imagination from all constraints. I am delighted to be extending our relationship for another five novels. Their enthusiasm and creativity are inspiring, and they produce beautiful editions that book lovers and collectors (like me) find irresistible.”
Good to see this massive and important genre with millions of readers (and one in which Amazon Publishing publishes very successfully through our Montlake imprint) getting some media attention, even if the piece is quite short:
“Romance is still too white,” says Nadine Gonzalez, a Haitian-American author now published by Mills & Boon. The publisher has launched a competition to find writers from “underrepresented ethnic backgrounds” in order to “bring more diverse characters” to the genre.